“Wireless networking firm Abrocour is giving away 50,000 home entertainment PC systems in a bid to convert new homes to wireless,” Daniel Thomas reports for vnunet.com. “The company claims that it will connect a third of all new UK homes built in 2004 using wireless broadband access.”
“It is giving away the Windows XP Media Center PCs with 32in flat screen displays to housing developers which install them in new homes. Abrocour’s Openhome entertainment package includes a broadband internet connection, wireless network and home monitoring system,” Thomas reports. ‘Housing developers will also be able to differentiate themselves to new home buyers,’ said Sam Sethi, chief executive at Abrocour.”
“New home buyers will have a year’s free broadband access, but will have to pay subscription fees to Abrocour after that. Abrocour has joined forces with BT, Elonex, Intel, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft and hopes to kit out 100,000 new homes by the end of 2004, including the Chelsea Bridge Wharf development in London,” Thomas reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: That’s one way to lock people into the “Microsoft solution,” we suppose. No word yet on whether the homes’ walls will be painted blue to match Windows’ preferred screen color or if the homes themselves will also be constructed without door and window locks.